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Am I Eligible for an Ignition Interlock Device Permit in Georgia?

If you were recently arrested for DUI in Georgia and you refused a breath, blood, or urine test, then you need to know your options regarding the state’s Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”) program. An IID is a device that the state installs in the vehicles of certain people convicted of DUI. This device monitors a driver’s blood alcohol content while the vehicle is on. The installation of an IID is an alternative to the twelve-month license suspension that otherwise accompanies a DUI conviction in Georgia. Below is some additional information on Georgia’s IID program. 

IID Program Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for a 12-month IID permit following a DUI arrest in Georgia, an individual must: 

  • Hold a Georgia license,
  • Be 21 years of age or older,
  • Have no other license revocations or suspensions, and
  • Have no DUI convictions in the previous five years.

Drivers who meet any of the following criteria are not eligible for a 12-month IID permit in Georgia:

  • Drivers with out-of-state licenses,
  • Drivers with active license revocations or suspensions, 
  • Drivers with a DUI conviction in the previous five years, 
  • Drivers with an ALS suspension in the previous five years,
  • Drivers whose DUI case involved an accident with serious injury or death,
  • Drivers who haven’t applied for an IID permit within 30 days of receiving a notice of suspension, and
  • CDL drivers.

IID Program Steps 

If you’ve recently been arrested for DUI in Georgia, below is a broad overview of the steps required to participate in Georgia’s IID program: 

  1. Have an IID device installed in your vehicle – Installation of the IID device is required prior to applying for an IID permit.
  2. Apply for an IID permit within 30 days of your DUI arrest – You must apply in person at a Georgia Department of Driver Services office within 30 days of your DUI arrest.

Before making the decision to install an IID device in your vehicle, it is important to consult with a Georgia DUI attorney. If you fail to consult with an attorney to help determine your eligibility for the IID program, you could end up wasting time and money installing a device that you’re unable to use. 

Arrested for DUI? Call Us Today! 

If you were recently arrested for DUI in Georgia, you need an experienced Georgia DUI attorney on your side. Georgia takes DUI charges seriously, so it’s imperative that you have a competent, aggressive legal team behind you to fight your charges. At Carter Pilgrim, we have a long and impressive track record of DUI defense success. In addition, we’re available to advise you on issues such as Georgia’s IID program. So, if you need DUI assistance of any kind in Georgia, please contact us as soon as possible for a consultation. 

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